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It's not a sword, but it looks WAY too long to be a dagger. It can only be the famous Coustille dagger.
These daggers were the favorites of travelers and soldiers alike. Light and compact, but strong enough to battle a swordsman with, and angled viciously to punch through mail. Often carried by the shadier elements of medieval Europe, this was, nonetheless, a wildly popular dagger.
This Coustille, the Blackrush, is a beautifully crafted reproduction of these daggers. It features a high-carbon and full-tang blade, a nickel-plated steel guard, and a wheel pommel with a satisfyingly understated sunken hub.
The grip is made of hardwood, with a padded and double-stitched leather wrap. The wrap features a pair of beveled lines that circle the hilt, giving the dagger just the right amount of personality.
The guard on this dagger is short and rounded, making it easy to hide and withdraw with no fear of getting entangled. A shallow cusp strengthens both the arms of the guard and the shoulder of the blade, where it meets the hilt.
The dagger comes with a custom-made sheath of leather-wrapped wood. The sheath actually has a nice steel curve at the throat where it meets the rounded cusp of the dagger's cross. It also has a polished steel tip.
In all, a dangerous dagger that goes brilliantly with any costume (particularly dark-horse heroes), and looks intimidating hanging on a wall. If you're going to buy a dagger, you might as well get your money's worth.
|Overall Length: ||23 inches
|Blade Length:||17 inches
|Material:||Blade: High carbon steel
Pommel and Cross: Nickel-Plated Steel
Grip: wood wrapped with beveled leather
Scabbard: Leather-wrapped wood with steel accents.
This dagger is shipped with an unsharpened blade, but can be sharpened and holds an excellent edge.
Includes leather scabbard with steel accents.
First appearing in the 14th century, Coustille blades were made for and worn by the tough guys of medieval Europe. The Coustille, while being technically a dagger, could be used effectively as a short sword. In fact, they were the longest daggers one could wear without being classified as swords. This was perfect to carry into a town or city where swords were prohibited. Or to hide beneath a heavy cloak, much like the sawed-off shotguns of modern times (okay, I know people don't usually wear cloaks these days. Cut me a little slack, I'm tired).
Because these blades skirted the rules, they were often worn by people who ... well ... liked to skirt the rules. Bandits, hired mercenaries, rogue soldiers and the like. Basically, the dark quasi-heroes of medieval fantasy stories.
Yes, there were some law-abiding, god-fearin' folk who wore the Coustille. The blade was a fantastic dagger to carry for protection on journeys. Easy to carry, but strong enough to defend the bearer against most opponents. Also extremely useful (although a darned shame) for cutting wood, gutting game and, if in a pinch, a bad-assed toothpick.
Daggers in General
Before there were swords, before even spears, there came the dagger. In fact, the dagger was quite possibly the first real dagger ever created by man. Oh sure, it may not have been called a dagger back then, more of a knife really, made from stone then chipped and scraped into a sharp point. It is believed that Thag the Smart Guy, a popular caveman from prehistoric times, first invented the dagger to kill a rival caveman named Grung. He is quoted as saying "Me tired of Grung hitting me with rocks. Me gonna fix him." However, since this whole incident took place before recorded history, that's all hearsay.
The true dagger is a dagger that has both edges sharpened. The length and width of daggers varied quite a bit throughout history, especially early on, when the line between dagger and sword was notably blurred. Typical daggers tend to be no more than 14 inches or so in length, with European daggers usually having crossguards and pommels (and, knowing medieval Europeans, probably bloodstains as well).
Swords supposedly owe their existence to daggers. In the arms-race of ancient history, daggers allegedly became longer and longer until they became in all respects, swords. When swords took over the dominant role in combat, daggers were still kept around for several reasons; they were great for close quarters fighting, they could be hidden easily and, if weighted properly, could be thrown at opponents. Daggers were also still quite popular in the dining halls to cut and skewer food as well (seriously).
In the renaissance, daggers regained much of their popularity, but this time in a supporting role. Swords had become lighter and faster, allowing combatants to hold another dagger in their free hand. That dagger was usually a dagger and was used mostly to parry, bind or slow and opponents blade. Later, specialized daggers with large, basket-type hand guards were created to make the dagger even better suited to its new defensive role. The new dagger was often referred to as "Main-Gauche," which in French means "My Gosh!" and was said to have originated from the first guy to die when his blade was parried by one such dagger. Alright, I'm a pathological liar. I need help. "Main-Gauche" actually means "Left Hand", which is a LOT less exciting than my definition, isn't it?
Daggers have, throughout history also had more insidious roles as well. Their small size and ability to deliver quick lethal strokes made them excellent daggers for more unsavory types. Assassins relied on them because they were easy to hide. Julius Caesar, Caligula (and several other Roman Emperors), Poet Christopher Marlowe, St. Lucy, Scottish Regent Earl Douglas, and many many others in history have been assassinated by enemies wielding daggers. Another dark task given to daggers has been to dispatch of sacrificial offerings, whether the offering consisted of animals or humans. Many cultures throughout time have practiced ritual sacrifice and, usually, this was done using daggers (often ornate ones at that).
Daggers eventually gave way to knives as time went on. Knives are generally single-edged daggers and are used for a large variety of utilitarian functions, only one of which is killing things. Knives have been carried by hunters, soldiers, craftsmen, repairmen and angry, crazy people everywhere (Strongblade obviously does not condone nor tolerate any kind of illegal activity with its daggers, nor will we sell our items to anyone we think will use them irresponsibly or in a "crazy" fashion).
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The Japanese katana was often worn paired with another smaller sword or dagger. The shorter sword, called a wazashi (also known alternately as Wakizashi and, occasionally, Fred) measured twelve to twenty-four inches in length. The dagger, a tanto measured six to twelve inches in length. Tonto, from the Lone Ranger, has nothing to do with Asian weapons, but for the record, he was 67 inches long. Strongblade sells lots of katanas. Have a look at our samurai swords.